Kochi: Centre for Advanced Training in Free Open Source Software (CATFOSS), IT Kerala’s initiative to promote the use of Free Open Source Software in the State has seen huge success with the first batch of FOSS skilled professionals placed totally in various Government and Private Organizations.
This is the first time in India, that a State Government has taken the initiative to promote use of Free Open Source Software in their e-governance initiatives and introduced a course to develop FOSS skilled professionals.
The six month course announced early 2009 had initially 11 students participating and all the eleven of the students have been placed. CATFOSS has announced the second batch of the course from November 2009 onwards and the institute already has received over 75 applications wherein half of the applications have been received from outside Kerala from Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Rajasthan.
“According to IT Policy published in 2007, FOSS has a pivotal role in building a truly egalitarian knowledge society. It is our intention to develop Kerala as a FOSS destination in the country, considering the growing economic opportunities happening around FOSS and CATFOSS is a step in this direction.” Said, Mr. Ajay Kumar, IAS, IT Secretary, Kerala.
“Moreover a number of e-governance initiatives will require FOSS trained professionals. With the number of projects being planned in FOSS, the need for such professionals will be on a rise and we internally want to vet this need through this course. A lot of government departments are also proposing their staff to enhance their skills in FOSS as well.” He added.
Mr. Rathan Kelkar, Director, Kerala State IT Mission said, “KSITM has formulated concrete time bound policy in transforming the state into an inclusive knowledge society. A conscious step to propagate and institutionalize a platform based on FOSS is a major component of this policy along with promotion of FOSS through an International Centre that will work towards resolving IT issues and act as a consultancy agency for various government organizations in Kerala to help them adopt FOSS in their e-governance plan.”
“To realize all these plans, the need to have a FOSS talent pool was inevitable and the course was introduced to fill this need. We are extremely happy at the turnout for the second batch and hope to see more people getting interested to join this course in future.” He added.
CATFOSS, a joint initiative of KSITM and CDIT plans to share its expertise with various institutes and universities to develop and frame curriculum introduce FOSS programmes.
The FOSS course is open to those who have B Tech/ BE (Computer Science)/IT/Electronic & Communication/Electrical/MCA/MSc (Computer Science/IT) degree from any recognized university in India. The course fee is Rs.50,000/-.
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